September 27, 1975 |
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
|World Touring Car Championship career|
|Current team||Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden|
Leonel Adrián Pernía (born September 27, 1975 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine racing driver. He has run in different series, with major success in TC 2000, where he finished 3rg in 2009 and 2nd in 2010 driving for the works Honda team.
He is the son of former footballer and racing driver Vicente Pernía, and brother of Spanish international footballer Mariano Pernía. In fact, he played for Boca Juniors First Division in 1997, in the National Professional Soccer League the next two years, then raced at the Argentine Turismo Nacional in 2000 and 2001. Because of the crisis, he retirned to the United States to compete in the Major Indoor Soccer League from 2002 to 2005.
In 2006, Pernía retired from football and returned to Argentina to race professionally. That year he competed at the TC Pista in a Chevrolet (12th) and the TC2000 in a Honda (3 races). The next season, Pernía raced two TC Pista races, half of the TC2000 season in a Fineschi Honda and the rest of the year in a works Honda, endng up 13th.
The next years, he continued racing for Honda and climbing up to a 3rd place in 2009 and a vice-championship in 2010. He also raced at the Turismo Nacional Class 3 in 2008, the Top Race V6 in 2009 and Turismo Carretera since 2009. In 2009 he also won the Drivers Masters karting all-star race in downtown Buenos Aires.
Complete World Touring Car Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2010||Chevrolet Motorsport Sweden||Chevrolet Cruze||BRA||MAR||ITA||BEL||POR||UK||CZE||GER||ESP||JPN||MAC||18th||1|
- "Leonel Pernía". driverdb.com. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2009-01-13.